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Box No. 21

Ioana Mona Popovici /Romania/Czech Rep./UK/
immersive installation

Cosmic Harmony Club

„No need to show your ID at the entrance, neither switch off your mobile, nor speak low. Join the others or hide in a corner hoping to be noticed or unnoticed. As you wish, when you wish. Here you make and change the rules.

Get a drink, ask her/him for their phone number, but if you steal that phone, it`s at your own risk - a guard with no big sense of humour is always around, looking forward to doing his job.

No special skills or vast knowledge is needed, but if you have it, you are very welcome to share it.

No matter if you`re confident or not, lazy or too bright, vegetarian or atheist – this is the place that welcomes everyone, anytime.“

Immersive installation of miniature techno club where the audience can join in.

Concept, Direction: Ioana Mona Popovici
Designer: Simon Vincenzi

Bio: Ioana Mona Popovici is a dancer, performer, theater director, who attended the University of Dramatic and Cinema Arts in Bucharest. As a dancer she has worked with Karine Ponties, Sarah Bild, Frederique Lescure, Petr Tyc, and Luis Guerra de Laocoi. Between 2000-2004 she was a member of the International Charles Linehan Company – UK, performing in Santa Pod, Speak, Memory, Number Stations, and New Quartet. Her own performances include Requiem For a Dog,The Chair, Remote Edens, Portrait  (awarded with the Czech SAZKA Prize in 2007), Carmen Miranda Is Dead, created in collaboration with the choreographers Francisca Sazié, Luis Guerra, Rafael Alvarez, and Simon Vincenzi in Brasil, and The Amnesic Days of The Polar Nights. For three of her performances she was nominated as Young Choreographer to Watch in the annual critics’ survey of the German BalletTanz magazine. Her works have been presented in Europe and the United States.

Simon Vincenzi is a London-based theatre director, choreographer, and designer. He is currently developing his ongoing project Operation Infinity with the fictional theatre company Troupe Mabuse. This interdisciplinary work is made up of different mesmeric performances, installations, and video documents. With Bock & Vincenzi, Simon has made works for both child and adult audiences. This included their seven-year project invisible dances… During this time different performances were made for the telephone, publications, and theatres that included the Royal Opera House, the Kunsten Festival des Arts, and The Venice Biennale. Simon has also designed for new and experimental theatre, dance, opera, and film throughout Britain and mainland Europe.


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